Article ID: CBB000930405

Explaining Everything? The Power and Perils of Reading Rosenberg (2008)


Rogers, Naomi (Author)

Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Volume: 63
Pages: 423--434

Publication Date: 2008
Edition Details: Part of a special issue in honor of Charles E. Rosenberg.
Language: English

This article examines the writings and teachings of eminent American medical historian Charles E. Rosenberg from the perspective of one of his former graduate students. It examines the appeal of the integrative quality of Rosenberg's historical approach; his attention to imperfect and inconsistent ideology; his use of graphic examples to shock and engage; his preference for continuity over change; his rejection of nostalgia and romanticism; the influence of his teacher Erwin Ackerknecht; and Rosenberg's response to American health policy issues. The article also places Rosenberg within the history of the rise and fall of American social medicine and assesses the potential influence of his work for twenty-first-century American medical history and health policy. KEYWORDS: historiography, health policy, history of epidemics, history of alternative medicine, social history of medicine, Charles Rosenberg, Erwin Ackerknecht, Rosemary Stevens, social medicine, history of therapy, Philadelphia hospitals.

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Authors & Contributors
Rosenberg, Charles E.
Espinosa, Mariola
Neelakantan, Vivek
Kragh, Helge S.
Tomes, Nancy J.
Reverby, Susan M.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
CSIC: Ediciones Octaedro
University of Sydney
UCL Press
Public health
History of medicine, as a discipline
Social medicine
Medicine and society
Rosenberg, Charles E.
Fleck, Ludwik
Temkin, Owsei
Ackerknecht, Erwin H.
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
21st century
Early modern
18th century
Latin America
United States
World Bank

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